José Versol – Ti Chimen Yan (Martinique, 1985, JVN 001)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ti Chimen Yan“, a jazzy biguine folk song from Martinique (French West Indies) from the singer José Versol with beautiful flute parts – Enjoy !!

José Versol – Ti Chimen Yan

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/walL_R9G0VQ

Armand

Victorien Smith et Les Pyromanes – Quelle Tentation ! (Guadeloupe, 1970s, A3 Productions)

Victorien Smith et Les Pyromanes” was a band from Guadeloupe (French West Indies) composed by :

Smith Victorien : Vocals, Guitar, Production
Avenant Metry : Synths
Daniel Alger : Vocals, Guiro
Bod Guibert : Vocals, Triangle
Maurice Latouchant : Vocals, Campana
Daniel Nemorin : Guitar
Joyau Moy : Lead bass
Guy Nemorin : Vocals, Tambourine
Pivert Rodolphe : Drums, Percussion, Choir
Merkiled Willy : Guitar
Christian Picot : Organ
Letchoumayen Pierre : Congas

Quelle Tentation !” is a very nice Antillean Guaguanco Latin Jazz track with awesome Fender Rhodes organ parts – Enjoy !!

Victorien Smith et les Pyromanes – Quelle Tentation !

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Cf7_r-CcuEc

Have a nice day,

Armand

Mantra – Baile Mi Hermano (Martinique, 1970s, Hit Parade)

Mantra was a quite obscure band from the city of Fort-de-France (Martinique, in the French West Indies) that released only one album in the late 70s.

The band was composed by :

Julian Martin (Piano, organ, guitar)
Anison Rabess (Bass, vocals)
David Laville (2nd guitar)
Algernon Rabess (Guitar, vocals)
Alex Larocque (Drums, vocals)
Janet Azzouz (Vocals)
Archie James (Trumpet)
Leon Knibbs (Percussion)

I wanted to make you rediscover today “Baile Mi Hermano“, an incredible and irresistible West Indian Guaguanco track, one of my favorite of the genre – Enjoy !!!

Mantra – Baile Mi Hermano

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/N_FynG0WjEY

Best regards,

Armand

Liber et Andoche Gentile – Amour d’Un Negre (Guadeloupe, 1961, Disques Debs)

Firmin “Andoche” Gentille and Jean “Liber” Gentille were two brothers and musicians native of Guadeloupe, French West Indies.

They played in several bands in the 50s and the 60s, but released only one 4-tracks single together in the early 60s.

The song presented here, “Amour d’un Negre“, is a beautiful melancholic bolero with jazz influences that I wanted to make you rediscover – Enjoy !!

Liber et Andoche Gentile – Amour d’un Negre

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/BiCPGDmNg-E

Best regards,

Armand

Daniel Forestal & Thibault Freydy Doressamy – Ace Mal Pale Moin (Guadeloupe, 1970s, Ssamy FT)

Super obscure Gwo Ka Jazzy Biguine track from this combo from Guadeloupe island (French West Indies), hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !!

Daniel Forestal & Thibault Freydy Doressamy – Ace Mal Pale Moin

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/l03_cNqXb6Q

See you soon,

Armand

Jeancky – Protestation (Armand de Preseau Extended Edit) (Haiti, 1977, Troubadour Musical Productions)

For today, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite Haitian songs (French West Indies) and taken from the second album from the singer and guitarist Jeancky.

This song, “Protestation“, is a deep protest folk song sung in French and Creole, full of poetry, with awesome Guitar, Violins, Congas and Vibraphone parts. I decided to share with you an extended edit I did of the track, mixing vocal and instrumental parts, because this song was way too beautiful to be presented in a short way – Enjoy !

Jeancky – Protestation (Armand de Preseau Extended Edit)

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/6LS-6VRlrMM

Or on my Soundcloud page here : https://soundcloud.com/armand_de_preseau/protestation-armand-de-preseau-extended-instrumental-edit

Have a nice week end,

Armand

Max et Henri – Lespwa Ka Fe Viv (Guadeloupe, 1982, Disques Debs International)

Late track composed by the two legends from the french West Indies Max Severin and Henri Debs, “Lespwa Ka Fe Viv” is a splendid spiritual Gwo Ka Jazz track with funky bass and flute parts that I wanted to make you discover today – Enjoy !!

Max et Henri – Lespwa Ka Fe Viv

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/fp5GxTLa7nE

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Aubert Osiris presente Kan’nik – Rohe ! Ban Mwen Nouvel (Martinique, 1980s, Kan’Nik)

Super obscure single recorded by the Martinican musician Aubert Osiris and is band “Kan’Nik” in the late 80s that contains the crossover Funky Disco Zouk track “Rohe ! Ban Mwen Nouvel” that I decided to make you rediscover today – Enjoy !

Aubert Osiris presente Kan’Nik – Rohe ! Ban Mwen Nouvel

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/r7zwfjbAufU

Best regards,

Armand

Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne (Guadeloupe, 1970, Duli Disc)

Fania Basse Terrienne was a combo from Guadeloupe (French West Indies), leaded by the trumpeter and composer Astasie Philogene and composed by several great musicians from the bests bands of the island such as Les Aiglons, Typical Combo, Super Combo and Les Players.

The track presented here, “Fania Basse Terrienne“, is taken from their one and only album recorded live in 1970 and is an awesome hommage to the famous “Fania All Stars” latin band of Johnny Pacheco – Enjoy !

Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2E5vmcntg0M

Have a nice sunday,

Armand

Francisco – Mamaille Lévé (Martinique, 1978, 3A Production)

Frantz-Charles “Francisco” Denis was a singer, piano player, composer, drummer and dancer born on the 9th of november 1932 in Saint-Pierre (Martinique).

He opened and owned several cabaret in the island (La Paillote, Le Shango, La Cabane Bambou, La Plantation..) in which he played with his bands such as “The Blue Star”, recorded several albums and singles and became one of the most important icons of the West Indies latin sound.

He died on the 19 April 2013.

The song presented here, “Mamaille Leve“, is a brillant example of the sound he created, a mixture of Biguine, Creole and Latin influenced sound, recorded in 1978 with awesome piano arangements – hope you’ll like it !

Francisco – Mamaille Leve

You can also listen to this track on my youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/s_6_Yx3_mqw

Best regards,

Armand